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Pop, country artists to lead Bulldog Bash

August 25, 2012


Neon Trees, Gloriana and Andy Grammer will headline this year’s Nov. 2 Bulldog Bash, Mississippi State University Student Association President Shelby Balius announced Friday.

Neon Trees, an alternative rock band from Utah, has released five albums — “Habits” (2010), “Wish List” (2010), “Live from Soho”(2010), “Everybody Talks” (2011) and “Picture Show” (2012) — and enjoyed success with the single “Animal.”

Country music group Gloriana’s 2009 eponymous album reached No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, fueled by the success of the single “Wild at Heart.” The band won the American Music Award for breakthrough artist and an ACM Award for top new vocal group a year later. The group’s newest album, “A Thousand Miles Left Behind,” also debuted No. 2 on the country music chart after a July 31 release date. Both “Wild at Heart” and “(Kissed You) Good Night” were certified as gold singles for sales numbers.

Pop musician Andy Grammer’s self-titled debut was released June 2011 and peaked at the top of Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. Two of the album’s singles, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine by Me,” broke into Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, while “Miss Me” entered the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart.

The bands were chosen through a process involving student input and guided by financial restrictions, Balius said. Although the current Bulldog Bash music budget is comparable to last year’s which landed indie rockers The Avett Brothers, Balius said organizers had to creatively cut costs.

“After we received student input, we put together a list to our agent, and he brought back realistic quotes on how much (potential headliners) would cost,” she said. “We worked from there to put together a lineup that will appeal to different crowds. I think we’re appealing to that broader audience by bringing in big names to entice Texas A&M fans to experience a great SEC football weekend.”

Balius said DJ Archnemesis will also perform in between headlining acts’ sets. All four acts will perform on the Clark Beverage Main Stage.

In July, event organizers submitted plans to the city to host the event from 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 to 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Cotton District. The Starkville Board of Aldermen approved the request as presented in a following meeting.

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